Apple released iOS 12.2 beta 4 to developers on Monday, March 4, which means that public beta testers are likely to receive the update on Tuesday. The update includes a new "News" app and a new "Apple TV Remote" in the Control Center, in addition to most bug fixes and security fixes. If you are not on the beta now, it is the chance to see it yourself.
Beta 4 introduces some fun yet minor updates. In addition to the above-mentioned new icons, you will also see an updated "About" page that joins storage information. We know that beta 4 introduces new bug fixes and security updates, which all beta updates do, to create a more stable version of the software that came before. Since there are no major updates this time, Apple is likely to use this update as an opportunity to address only stability within 12.2.
How do we know this about beta 4? Since the release notes are identical to beta 3. Any known problem, solved problem and new function from 12.2 beta 3 is shown in the beta version 4, with no new additions of any kind. This does not mean that this software is identical, it just means that some corrections or modifications are too small to list here:
App Store – Promote your subscriptions with new offers
StoreKit now supports subscription offers beyond introductory offers , apps with automatic renewable subscriptions can soon offer discounted prices for a certain duration for existing and formerly subscribed customers. You will be able to use subscription offers to help win back subscribers who have canceled their subscriptions or are upgrading to a different subscription at a special price. Customers can accept the offer, even if they have already made an initial offer.
StoreKit introduces a new series of SKProductDiscount objects within the SKProduct class to show offers within your app to authorized customers. Add a new SKPaymentDiscount item within the SKPayment class to allow these offers to be accepted by the customer.
Apple Pay – Known Issues
- You may not be able to authenticate within Wallet after selecting a card. (44919900) Solution: On an iPhone with Touch ID, double-click the Home button when your iPhone is locked and then select the desired card in your wallet and verify before you hold your iPhone near the reader. IPhone X S iPhone X S Max and iPhone X R double click the page button, select the desired card in the wallet and verify with facial ID before holding your iPhone near the reader.
Cellular – Resolved Problems
- Solved a problem that prevented prepaid data plan purchases when using mobile data. (47272516)
HealthKit – New Features
- High and low heart rate messages and irregular heart beat messages are now available as read-only samples. (46422154)
iCloud Photos – Resolved issues
- Images shared with sharing suggestions are now correctly added. (47401696)
Lock Screen – Solving Problems
- The device charge level no longer remains on the lock screen after removing the device from a charger. (47363913)
News – New Features
- Apple News will be available in Canada with iOS 12.2, and is now available to Canadian users on the developer beta. Apple News in Canada supports both English and French. Readers can access a bilingual experience when following a channel in a second language. Note! Publications in beta do not reflect all content that will be available. Top Stories and Digests are not updated as often as they will be in the freight product.
Siri – Resolved Problems
- Siri works in iOS simulators. (46681836)
To download and update your iPhone to iOS 12.2 dev beta 4, you must first be a registered developer with a valid configuration profile. If you have enabled "Automatic Updates" in iOS 12, you can have the software updated overnight. To install right now, start the Settings app, select "General" and then "Software update." Touch "Download and Install" and then follow the on-screen instructions.
Beta testers know that iOS 12.2 will be a major update over 12.1.4. The software includes at least 19 new and exciting features, including enhanced AirPlay 2 support, new Animoji and a newly developed Apple TV remote control in the Control Center, to name but a few. In fact, the list continues to evolve, as new versions of 12.2 beta add more features and changes. Who knows what Apple will add to the next.